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QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for the position of law clerk on the personal staff of a federal judge, must be a law school graduate (or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school of recognized standing, and preferably have demonstrated one of the following accomplishments or proficiencies: Standing within the upper third of the law school class from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools; Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such a school; Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or Proficiency in legal studies that, in the opinion of the judge, is the equivalent of one of the above. Some examples of criteria that are considered to be acceptable as equivalent include: Publication of a noteworthy article in a law school student publication or other scholarly publication; Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif; Winning of a moot court competition or membership on a moot court team that represents the law school in competition with other law schools; Participation, other than for academic credit, in a clinical program sanctioned by the law school; Summer experience as a law clerk to a state or local judge or law clerk experience on a continuing basis in a private firm while attending school, i.e., working one’s way through law school.
Legal work experience is progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, in legal research, legal administration, or equivalent experience received after graduation from law school. Major or substantial legal activities while on military duty may be credited, on a month-for-month basis whether before or after graduation, but not to exceed 1 year if before graduation from law school. Please note that appointment to a JSP-12 or above requires that the candidate be a member of the bar of a state, territory or federal court of general jurisdiction with 10-13 years' experience.
ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Have an interest in bankruptcy law; Possess excellent written and oral communication, proof reading and administrative skills; Have strong organizational and analytical skills; Demonstrate attention to detail; Have the ability to relate and work well with others in a small chambers group and maintain good rapport with the clerk’s office staff and the bar. Possess maturity, good judgment, high ethical standards, a strong work ethic and a positive work attitude; Have the ability to multitask and consistently meet deadlines and targeted goals; Possess excellent computer proficiency, including computer-assisted research skills and theability to learn the court’s software programs, toggle between various open software programs, and work with electronic files and folders. Must be highly skilled in legal research and writing, and must be able to use Westlaw, Word Perfect/Word, Outlook, PowerPoint or comparable products. Maintain confidentiality.
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 2020-01. Send cover letter, Law School Transcripts and Writing Sample
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio
170 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215